It took a long time, but it’s finally here. “My Panamera”, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. Shown as a concept car a few years ago, it was supposed to be teasing the new generation of the Panamera and now “the station wagon” is finally coming in Geneva. The sports sedan combined with an elegant backpack and a 4 + 1 seating concept. It couldn’t have been more beautiful.
No longer available at Mercedes, but now at Porsche
Mercedes-Benz is canceling the so-called Shooting Brake variant on the CLS and Porsche is bringing one in return for the quasi-direct competitor. And the wide butt will hit directly and by no means slowly, because all the engines are already there for the market launch up to the turbo. Only the fastest of all is still missing. Technically, the Panamera Sport Turismo is also based on the second generation of the sports sedan. So that in the interior – at least in the rear – no changes are noticeable. The digital cockpit can be found there, as well as the three-chamber air spring or the rear-axle steering.
Panamera Sport Turismo measures exactly the same as the sports sedan
At 5,049 mm in length, the Sport Turismo measures exactly like the sedan. And as much in height as the Executive models. Wheels up to 21 inches in size can be stowed in the wheel arches. The changes in the design start with the B-pillar. The window line no longer drops off sharply, but forms a nice curve, so that the shoulder of the Sport Turismo is emphasized. Since the length is unchanged compared to the sedan, the roofline does not drop sharply, but only briefly. A shoulder like that of a beautiful woman who poses exactly on the red carpet.
Active rear spoiler also in Sport Turismo
Because Porsche is Porsche, there is also a new highlight for the segment. Inside the roof spoiler there is a movable element that can change its angle of attack and thus generate up to 50 kilograms of additional downforce on the rear axle. Up to 170 km / h it works as an active aero element to reduce fuel consumption, whereby it minimizes air resistance with an angle of minus seven degrees. Above 170 km / h, the roof spoiler moves into the “performance position” and thus provides more stability and lateral dynamics. In Sport and Sport Plus, the spoiler moves into this position from 90 km / h.
Choose between two and a half or two seats in the rear
The Sport Turismo is also the first Panamera with more than four seats. The rear is equipped with a 2 + 1 seat configuration as standard. In other words, the outer rear seats are designed as individual seats and there is a kind of emergency seat in between. Optionally, the same seat configuration as in the Panamera can be ordered, which means two electrically adjustable individual seats.
The large tailgate opens electrically as standard and provides space for up to 520 liters of luggage space. Or, whoever folds down the rear seats, up to 1,390 liters. The hybrid still has 1,295 liters. The three seats can be folded down ex works in a ratio of 40:20:40, i.e. each one individually. As an option, the beauty can also be equipped with a cargo space management system and a 230 volt socket for the trunk.
Market launch without the powerful Turbo S E-Hybrid
For the market launch on October 7, 2017, there will be five engines to choose from in Europe. Starting with the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo with a 330 hp V6 for 97,557 euros to the 550 hp Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo for 158,604 euros. In between there are the 4S models for 120,048 euros, as well as the e-hybrid with 462 hp system output for 112,075 euros and the only diesel engine with 422 hp for at least 123,975 euros.
Whether Porsche will grant the Sport Turismo the extra powerful drive from the Turbo S E-Hybrid is still pending, but it seems very likely. However, more aerodynamic tricks are certainly necessary for this.